If you are interested in adding one of our well-bred family companions to your home, we welcome your inquiry via our contact form below. Currently, we are taking inquiries for litters planned in 2023 (Cavaliers) and may have one ETS litter later in 2022.
Please note: Zelosia puppies are available as companions only. I do not place puppies into breeding homes, nor do I place puppies as Emotional Support Animal or Service Dog prospects.
PUPPY BUYER ETIQUETTE AND TIPS
Searching for puppies from reputable breeders is very challenging at present. Breeders have been inundated with mass quantities of inquiries by email, phone, and even social media platforms. I will outline a couple of important considerations below (some are specific to my needs, but most tips apply to breeders across the board):
1. Start your research at the breed's parent club (for Cavaliers, that's ACKCSC and for ETS it's ETSCA). Parent club websites have tons of info about the breed, including health concerns, characteristics, history, and breeder referral. Please do not expect a breeder to have time to educate you on every aspect of the breed you are considering - when you inquire to a breeder about dogs/puppies, you should be quite sure the breed is a good fit for your family.
2. Use your research to introduce yourself to the breeder. It is exceedingly unhelpful for an inquiry to consist solely of "we want a Blenum Cavy girl, how much?" If your main concern is the price of a puppy, and you haven't done enough research to spell the breed or its colors correctly, your inquiry will not be taken seriously. An initial inquiry should consist of detailed information about you, your family, your lifestyle, your dog experience, and any other information that helps illustrate why a Cavalier or an ETS is the right choice for your family.
3. Initial inquires should come to me via my contact form on this page (below). Having inquiries in writing, in one format, and arriving in one location, REALLY helps keep me organized. Recently, due to the huge volume of inquiries, I am generally able to reply on weekends only. I NEVER reply to inquiries that come across social media platforms, as I consider that completely inappropriate. I also never take initial inquiries via telephone, and my voicemail greeting indicates this. My dogs are not my source of income; I work full-time to support myself and the dogs, and I simply do not have 6-8 hours per week to spend on the phone with everyone who calls. However, I always schedule a phone call with prospective homes after we connect and have a conversation via email first.
4. A persistent, polite interest in my breeding program is appreciated. This shows me that a family is still interested in a puppy from me. Most of the time, after I respond to an initial inquiry, I never hear from people again. I appreciate it when people check in with me for basic updates about my plans, and if I might have puppies. I also am never offended when people are inquiring with multiple breeders simultaneously, and usually I will encourage this, as my breeding program is small and I can't possibly have a dog available for every great family that inquires.
5. Please be patient and understand that this is my hobby and biology isn't perfect; breeding dogs comes with both joy and sorrow. Puppies sometimes die, and sometimes I can't do a breeding I planned. I do not "fill orders" for others or do breedings based on anyone's needs except my own - I always do a breeding when the goal is for me to keep a puppy or puppies for myself. Cavaliers and ETS are toy breeds and do not generally have large litters. A litter of 3-4 is average and they frequently require around-the-clock neonatal care for the first couple of weeks.
6. Pricing: you can expect to pay $4000-5000 for a well-bred puppy from a reputable breeder in the Pacific Northwest. Reputable breeders health test their dogs annually by board-certified specialists (cardiologist, ophthalmologist). Here at Zelosia, as of 2021, we have begun to incorporate MRI scanning of our own dogs and bitches into our health screening protocol. MRIs are very expensive, with scans sometimes costing up to the price of a puppy. There are currently NO reduced-cost MRI clinics for breeders on the West Coast, like there are in other parts of the USA and around the globe. We also use advanced breeding techniques (progesterone timing, transcervical insemination, international semen shipping, etc.) that make it possible to breed to dogs across the country and the WORLD, thereby increasing genetic diversity and incorporating robust health into our pedigrees. These kinds of responsible breeding practices are quite costly (it usually costs me $2000-4000 in expenses JUST to do a breeding - and that is with no guarantee that any puppies will result!), and while none of us are profiting off our dogs, we do have to try to cover our expenses so that we can reinvest in the next generation.